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Having it both ways, Trump signs Uighur sanction on China yet approved of Uighur concentration camps

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Trump got stuck dealing with his approval of Uighar concentration camps while also signing their condemnation in the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act.

Another screw up like Bunker Boy’s street-clearing stunt, and Trump as usual attacks to divert attention. An angry Trump has spent a number of tweets attacking John Bolton.

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020

President Trump signed a measure Wednesday to potentially sanction Chinese officials for their role in interning ethnic Uighurs amid new claims by former national security adviser John Bolton that Trump told President Xi Jinping he approved of China’s construction of large-scale camps to forcibly reeducate Muslim minorities.

The new Uighur Human Rights Policy Act, which passed the Senate and House unanimously, drew a furious response from Beijing on Thursday during a delicate moment when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was meeting in Hawaii with Communist Party foreign policy director Yang Jiechi.
The network of detention centers in China’s far west, where more than a million ethnic Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and Hui were at one point believed to be held beginning in 2017, has been condemned by the United Nations and other observers as a gross violation of human rights that goes far beyond what China describes as a deradicalization campaign.

In a forthcoming memoir, Bolton describes a 2019 meeting between Trump and Xi in Japan in which Xi defended China’s construction of the camps — and Trump responded by telling Xi it was “exactly the right thing to do” as he sought to close a trade deal with the Chinese, according to an advance copy of Bolton’s book obtained by The Washington Post.

Trump also “pleaded” with Xi to help ensure he would win reelection in 2020, Bolton alleged.

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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 18, 2020

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